Yogi

Yogi


Being inspired is one thing, attempting to imitate another. Trust movie-makers with eyes on moolah and masala matching the original. No way. So, turning a brilliant Gavin Hood’s ‘Tsotsi’, an adaptation of Athol Fugard’s novel, into flimsy ‘Yogi’ is Subramaniam Siva.

If Gavin’s ‘Tsotsi’ set in Soweto slum, of South Africa, won accolades, Siva’s desi take is set in Chennai’s underbelly simply sucks. But, one can hardly fault director Siva.

Having put in money and scripted the fare, director-turned- actor Ameer, playing the title role (Yogeshwaran aka Yogi), ensures ‘Yogi’ is more an ego trip than sober realistic cinema.

‘Tsotsi’ as ‘Yogi’ is styled to suit the taste of the average Tamil viewer who savours the larger than life heroism than understated performances. Instead of a taut and tacky thriller, Siva, Ameer & Co turn ‘Yogi’ into tiresome fare. Given that it is his film Ameer turns in a pulsating performance. Ditto Madhumitha.

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